Applaud Efforts to Eradicate Polio


Target: Gary C.K. Huang, President of Rotary International and Macharia Kamau, UNICEF President

Goal: Show your appreciation of Rotary International and UNICEF’s efforts to eliminate polio in Southeast Asia

Polio is a disease that can cause paralysis, difficulty breathing, and at times death, yet is proven to be preventable with a vaccine. Southeast Asia formerly represented a quarter of the world’s population afflicted with polio, but became 80 percent cleared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as polio free. Due to overcrowding cities, migration patterns, and inadequate sanitation, India used to contain almost half of polio cases in the world. However, India was the last country in Southeast Asia to begin vaccinations because of Muslim beliefs. Nevertheless, due to the help of Rotary and UNICEF, two international service organizations, polio has significantly decreased.

Rotary and UNICEF have let nothing stop them from eradicating polio. Working with religious leaders to increase tolerance of immunization, Rotary and UNICEF not only helped defeat polio, but also helped with immunization of other diseases and provided regular checkups, medicine, vitamins, and eyeglasses for everyone in need. The civil war in Southeast Asia’s Sri Lanka would not deter Rotary or UNICEF either. During cease-fires, Rotary and UNICEF would declare a National Immunization Day. In Southeast Asia’s Bangladesh, the two service organizations would encourage the children to urge their parents to allow them to be vaccinated. Rotary and UNICEF plan to target Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria next.

Please praise the strong will of both Rotary and UNICEF to create healthier communities throughout the world.


Dear Mr. Huang and Mr. Kamau,

As leaders of Rotary and UNICEF respectively, thank you so much for your tireless efforts to bring health and goodwill to the people of Southeast Asia by putting a stop to polio. As you both know, polio is a preventable disease. No one should have to suffer from it. A vaccine has been found to be the most effective way to stop polio, but teeming cities, migration patterns, and poor sanitary conditions still pose as problems to populations worldwide.

Please continue to lead the fight for peace on our planet, examining each aspect of prevention. I admire your work thus far to educate parents and to communicate with religious leaders to best serve the communities. Your help extending to regular checkups, medicine, and other basic necessities are definitely appreciated. Best of luck in eradicating polio in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Thank you once again.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Manish Swarup via NPR

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